Injured principal wants answers

July 7, 2009 10:05:46 PM PDT
It's been nearly three months since Fairmont Middle School Principal James Hunt was shot in the face as he drove to work.The Robeson County Sheriff said his office has leads, but has been unable to solve the case. The SBI has also come up with little information to crack the case.

"We've had a lot of leads to come in," Robeson County Sheriff Kenneth Sealey said. "Some leads were pretty good leads, some leads were just people who had heard rumors on the streets (then) called in and told us."

"Needless to say I'm quite frustrated," Hunt said. "I want closure. I want to know why this happened and who did it. I want justice."

Hunt said he was frustrated because the investigation seemed to be moving at a snail's pace.

But the sheriff said since Hunt moved out of the county to protect himself, it has been hard to track him down to gather more information.

"I talked with him the last Friday, I think it was, last Thursday," Sealey said. "We are going to try to meet maybe this week along with investigators and the SBI."

The sheriff has been working on the case since it began and said he doesn't believe its gang related.

Hunt however disagreed. He said he was shot two days after an anti-gang rally on his school's campus and believed the shooter was gang members who didn't like the message.

"It was almost like an ambush," Hunt said. "This vehicle was waiting for me that morning. It was not random. It was someone with an ax to grind and that tried to kill me on April 9 at 6:50 in the morning."

Investigators are asking anyone with information about the case to contact police.


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